Founded in 1987, the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors, preserves and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, corporations and institutions that bring significant recognition to the state. Notably, four of the eight individual inductees in 2010 were Auburn Engineering alumni. They include:
Richard W. Amos, a 1982 industrial engineering graduate, attended Auburn on a ROTC scholarship. During his 25-year career with the U.S. Army, he held assignments of increasing responsibility, culminating with Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Management Command. In this capacity, he oversaw a highly complex and diverse organization with a global workforce of more than 11,000 civilian and military employees that ensures aviation and missile system readiness, enables the identification and acquisition of improved systems and ensures the integration of aviation and missile technology for sustainment.
Today, in the private sector, he is in a leadership position at COLSA Corporation where he is helping the firm position itself for the future and ensuring that the Huntsville defense community remains a vibrant contributor to the effectiveness and safety of the nation’s war fighters.
Amos serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and was the Outstanding Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumnus in 2008 and Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2009.
Linda A. Figg, a 1981 civil engineering graduate, is president and CEO of Figg Engineering Group (FIGG), a family of companies recognized internationally for creating world-class bridges by blending engineering with artistry. The FIGG companies have built bridges in 38 states and five countries, and have offices in six states.
With more than 29 years of experience, Figg has led the development of signature bridges that have received 322 design awards. FIGG has pioneered new technologies that are important to the long-term viability of our nation’s infrastructure. She developed the FIGG Bridge Design Charette process and has facilitated more than 200 public workshops on the development of world-class bridges. Her passion for aesthetics, sustainability and responsible construction has led her to focus on improving the quality of life in communities.
Figg received the college’s Engineering Achievement Award in 2006 and was the Outstanding Civil Engineering Alumnus in 2010. She is a member of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and the Engineering Keystone Society.
William (Bill) R. McNair, a 1968 electrical engineering graduate, also holds an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery and a master of management from MIT. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of MIT Sloan Fellows. McNair began a distinguished 33-year career with BellSouth Telecommunications in 1968 as an engineer and retired in 2001 as vice president for network operations.
He was named an officer of BellSouth in 1990, becoming one of its top corporate administrators. His ability to integrate the highly complex technical aspects of the business helped advance BellSouth through profound changes in technology and federally-mandated regulations.
McNair was instrumental in securing BellSouth funding for Auburn’s Minority Engineering Program, and is the former chair of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, chair of the Engineering Keystone Society Leadership Team and a member of the Engineering Eagles Society. He was named Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2002.
Susan N. Story, a 1978 industrial engineering graduate, is president and CEO of Gulf Power, a Southern Company affiliate in Pensacola, Fla. She is the first woman and youngest executive to lead a Southern Company operating company. In her 28-year career as an engineer and business leader, which includes a rapid rise to managing one of the largest power producers in the U.S., Story has served in a number of leadership roles, including executive vice president of Southern Company Engineering and Construction Services, vice president of Southern Company Supply Chain Management and vice president of Real Estate and Corporate Service at Alabama Power Company.
At the helm of Gulf Power, Story has pushed for new ways to generate environmentally friendly power that is also affordable. She believes in cultivating strong communities, and is both a determined business leader and talented engineer who spends a great deal of time serving her neighbors in Northwest Florida.
She serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and was named Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2004.